Aug

8

2022

Spotlight on Suzanne Worrica – Anxiety Speaker

As an experienced Gestalt therapist, Suzanne Worrica will be bringing her insights on looking at the body as a whole, rather than just the mind, during our CPD workshop Anxiety: Attachment, Neuroscience and The Body on 8th October 2022.

Prior to gaining a Post Graduate Diploma and M.A. in Gestalt Therapy Theory at The Gestalt Centre in London, Suzanne had worked in the mental health field for many years. An experience she said really supports her therapeutic practice. She has now worked as a psychotherapist for nine years and in the mental health industry for 15.

Where it began…

It all began thanks to Suzanne’s keen interest in other people and cultures, the stories we hold and why we act in the ways that we do. She told us:

“Psychotherapy seemed a natural fit and in particular Gestalt therapy because of the holistic approach and emphasis on here and now experiencing.”

Now, Suzanne runs a private practice in London, Brighton and outdoors. She defines her approach as “integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy and Nature-Allied psychotherapy with current thinking on the mind-body inter-relationship.”  And brings a creative touch thanks to her experience of writing and performing for theatre – something that she uses particularly with silence, numbness, or stuckness, as a way of communicating when words don’t come.

Working with anxiety

For the past nine years Suzanne has worked with clients who she describes as experiencing anxiety in a myriad of ways. “Over time, I have seen the ways in which anxiety is held and experienced throughout the body.”

“It took me a long time to recognise my own anxiety because I experience it somatically and so couldn’t identify with the long-held concept of anxiety as a cognitive phenomena.”

In her CPD workshop Suzanne, will scrutinise the whole-body experience of anxiety – drawing on contemporary research, clinical pieces and by inviting attendees to reflect on their own embodied experiences of anxiety.

Anxiety in society

She will also look at the function of anxiety as a way of informing us about how we are experiencing the world now and consider collective anxieties of the Covid pandemic and recent socio-cultural changes.

Suzanne says:

“Having collectively gone through a recent pandemic, with anxiety and grief experienced by so many, I believe that people have a better understanding personally and collectively how anxiety feels in the body-mind –  recognising that anxiety is both a cognitive and embodied experience that also influences how we relate to each other.”

“I also believe that the stigma around anxiety is reducing, partly through social media, as younger generations recognise it is not something that people can just ‘snap out of’ and can impact anybody at any time – it is not gender, age, etc. specific.”

What’s next?

Suzanne told us:

“I am currently focused on devising and delivering workshops around themes of anxiety, identity and belonging and difference. I am also researching the interface between Gestalt field theory, body-mind experiencing and the impact of natural settings on body systems.”

Trainer Trailer Video

In this video Suzanne introduces her talk for the BTP *Anxiety Conference* – 8th October 2022:


Join Suzanne, along with Victoria Settle and Smita Rajput Kamble on 8th October at our CPD Event: Anxiety: Attachment, Neuroscience and The Body.

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